“One of the things I wanted to do, was to increase awareness of autism and also unlock the potential that I think is out there in lots of parts society that’s not being utilised for various, different reasons.”
Alistair MacCallum, Former UK CEO, m/SIX
To remain competitive in this ever-changing world, your business or organisation can benefit from the unique skills and strengths that a diverse team can offer.
Employ Autism will empower autistic people to move into employment through access to paid internships. These experiences of work will truly reflect the value of the intern and their contribution as an employee.
We need forward-thinking and proactive employers to join us and make a long-lasting change to impact the future of autistic people’s careers.
Employers who are part of the Employ Autism network enjoy many benefits, including:
- access to a pool of untapped, diverse talent
- improvement to bottom line/raise productivity levels
- increased morale and retention of staff
- support your existing workforce to thrive
- reflecting the diversity of your clients and communities
- the potential to become a ‘Disability Confident’ employer.
These benefits deliver results with our current partners reporting that:
- 88% feel better equipped to support someone with autism in the workplace
- 94% are now confident working alongside autistic colleagues
- 100% gained an increased understanding of autism.
Ready to join the Employ Autism network? Sign up, and the team will be in touch.
“We just want to be wanted in the workplace, be valued for our contribution, and provide new solutions, new ideas and more diversity. You don’t just want the same people giving the same perspectives; you need different people to get different results. Different like me.”
Theo, Civil Service intern
Employers will need to complete a one-day course provided by us before the start of the placement. You will be required to review your current internal recruitment and selection processes. This includes developing autism-friendly resources and making any adjustments to accommodate candidates at interviews and to complete the work placement.
Placements can last from four weeks to six months, depending on the employer. During the work placement, each young person will need to have support from a line manager and a mentor, who we will train and support.
Every employer undertakes Understanding Autism in the Workplace training, delivered by our experienced professionals at Ambitious about Autism.
The style and length of the training provided will depend on the number of placements you are offering, the number of employees you have and the overall needs of the business.
We ask that every line manager and mentor complete the full one-day training. We also recommend the intern’s future colleagues and peers attend the training, so they know how to work successfully with their new colleague.
We will work with you to assess this on a case-by-case basis. We will consider the size and capacity of your organisation and the range of opportunities available.
There are different tiers of involvement for employers. We can offer anything from a single placement to a full talent recruitment programme with onsite expert support.
Business size and delivery scales determine our involvement; with many elements offered at zero-cost.
We have already worked with lots of great employers from a variety of industries. Some of our partners include:
- Civil Service
- Deutsche Bank
- SAP UK
- Kennedy Pearce
- Public Health England
- Health Education England
We would be delighted to talk to you in more detail about how we can work together. Please complete the sign-up form and one of the team will be in touch.